MediaTek Dimensity 1080 chipset launched with support for 200MP camera in affordable smartphones

Soon, you'll be able to buy a 200MP smartphone without burning a hole in your pocket.

Highlights
  • MediaTek announced its new mid-range chipset, the Dimensity 1080.
  • It can handle image processing from up to a 200MP sensor with the Imagiq ISP.
  • The company says MediaTek Dimensity 1080-powered smartphones will be available in Q4 of 2022. 

MediaTek has unveiled a new go-to Dimensity chipset for affordable smartphones, the Dimensity 1080. It comes as a predecessor to the company’s Dimensity 920, which released last year, pumping mid-range smartphones like Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge and Realme 9 Pro+. MediaTek plans to power phones across the segments – from budget to full-fledged flagships – and is in no mood to stop anytime soon.

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MediaTek Dimensity 1080 brings enhanced performance, improved efficiency, and significantly better camera capabilities over the Dimensity 920. It’s a 5G chip built on TSMC’s N6 6nm manufacturing node. The SoC’s octa-core configuration is akin to its predecessor: two ARM Cortex-A78 cores running at up to 2.6GHz and six ARM Cortex-A55 cores clocked at up to 2GHz.

The only difference is that 1080’s two primary cores are 100MHz faster than 920 (up from 2.5GHz). The GPU also remains the same ARM Mali-G68. It supports LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage modules. Like the 920, Dimensity 1080 features HyperEngine 3.0, sub-6GHz 5G connectivity, 120Hz screen support, Wi-Fi 6, and the same APU (AI Processing Unit).

MediaTek Dimensity 1080: what’s new

Besides that 100MHz core buff, the 1080’s specifications are almost identical to the Dimensity 980. However, the company has completely revamped the camera configuration on its latest Dimensity chipset. It can handle image processing from up to 200MP sensor with the Imagiq ISP (up from 108MP), a growing trend on flagship phones nowadays.

Its ISP (Image Signal Processor) allows it to push hardware-accelerated HDR video up to 4K resolution, quad-camera setup, HDR10+ support, and of course, up to 200MP image capture with zero shutter lag.

The company says MediaTek Dimensity 1080-powered smartphones will be available in Q4 of 2022. In the coming months, you can expect to witness the newest MediTek silicon on upcoming affordable handsets from smartphone manufacturers like Realme, Xiaomi, etc.